Yesterday was the big brunch I’ve been talking about. We had family and friends over to catch up on life and wish Sharron luck on her upcoming adventure. She’s off to Chile to teach English. There were eighteen of us in all, ranging in age from 5 ½ (our niece Katie dressed in her Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz Halloween costume) to 80+ (Uncle Eddie) and the rest of us in between, including Coco (not sure how old she is) my cousin Arlene’s Basset Hound. The weather was glorious – couldn’t have asked for better – sun shining brightly and warm enough to be outside without a jacket.
menu I thought I would make but suggested that it would probably change. As it turns out, not too much. So without further ado, here’s the final menu and some recipes.
Going Away Brunch Menu
Mushroom & Spinach Frittata
Crab Cakes with chipotle mayo
Mini Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins
Bagels, Walnut Raisin Bread
Cheese platter: Brie, soft goat cheese rolled in Italian herbs, cream cheese
Tomatoes & Hearts of Palm with Rice Wine Drizzle
Pasta & Roasted Vegetable Salad
Romaine and everything but the kitchen sink salad
Roasted potato and garlic salad
Auntie Shelley’s “Nut cake without the nuts” (secret ingredient is baby prunes)
Arlene’s mocha torte (Katie helped me slice it and ate many of the mocha balls off the top as payment)
Ellen and Wendy brought a beautiful coffee cake with a praline topping
Fruit salad with fresh mint and lavender honey syrup
Some of the recipes will follow in separate posts.